It was a historic 2016 on the football field for St. Frances Academy and Archbishop Spalding. The Cavaliers ascended to No. 1 for the first time in program history. The Panthers enjoyed a major turnaround, going from last place in 2015 to the title in the area’s toughest league, the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.

Spalding quarterback Evan Fochtman and St. Frances linebacker Sam Thomas were the driving force behind their respective teams’ breakthrough season. Fochtman is Varsity Sports Network’s Offensive Player of the Year and Thomas is Defensive Player of the Year. Nick Goode-Malloy who guided Annapolis to its finest campaign in two decades is Coach of the Year.

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